FORMENTERA - ES CALÓ DE SANT AGUSTI - CAN RAFALET
RESTAURANT CAN RAFALET
After a few years away, we returned to Restaurante Can Rafalet, in Es Caló de Sant Agustí, on the Island of Formentera which boasts some of the most stunning views in the Balearic Islands.
Here the sea is at its wonderful best and from our reserved front table setting, we were able to see it, in all its stunning turquoise glory.
When you sit down you get a delicious bowl of aioli, rich with garlic, olives and a basket of crusty rolls to scoop up the garlicky dip. We decided to have the bullet de peix, which comes in two courses.
A fish stew with potatoes and saffron (typically, monkfish, scorpionfish, grouper or skate).
And a wet (soupy) or dry rice.
We chose the dry, which is very similar to another rice dish called, Arroz a banda.
This uses the stock from the fish stew, with added small pieces of cuttlefish.
We also had, huevos con sobrasada,
Potatoes, fried eggs and local soft sausage.
Calamares Romana (squid rings in batter).
To drink, we wanted to try the local Formentera wines but they were, unfortunately, sold out.
We instead, chose a Rezabal Txakoli, from the Basque Country. This young, white wine, is slightly fizzy and went with the fish really well.
Dessert was a local pudding called greixonera. This traditional dessert from Ibiza and Formentera is usually made with leftover ensaimada (a spiral-shaped sweet pastry).
Similar to a bread pudding, greixonera consists of pieces of ensaimada that are combined with milk and eggs and the whole combination is then baked until firm and golden brown. The cake is often normally flavoured with cinnamon. Vegetarians be awear, ensaimadas are made with lard.
All kinds of fish and seafood are available here, all of the excellent quality. It was a wonderful meal and the view wasn't bad either, actually, as you can see the view is outstanding.
The restaurant has been here for many years, serving the traditional food of the Island.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is a place to return to.
To avoid confusion there are two places side by side here, both with very nice sea views: 1) Cafe Rafalet, which is part of the hostal Rafalet 2) Restaurant Can Rafalet
If you want tapas and "pan con Cosas" and a good breakfast you go to Cafe Rafalet. They don't take table reservations, so first come, first served.
If you want one of the various fish/rice dishes you should go to Restaurant Can Rafalet. Book a table in the first row to have the best sea view.
RESTAURANT CAN RAFALET Carrer Sant Agustí 1, 07872 Es Caló, Formentera
+34 971 32 70 77
Open 13:00 - 16.00 and 20.00 - 23:30 from late May to late September.
You can view a previous visit HERE
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